In this article, I’ll be answering the popular question “can dogs eat pork” and discuss the dangers of feeding your dog pork bones and pork products made for humans.
Can Dogs Eat Pork?
In short, dogs can eat pork, but make sure that the pork you are feeding to your dog is thoroughly cooked. It’s advisable to keep a close eye on your dog after she has had some pork to make sure she doesn’t show symptoms of a food allergy — pork allergy is fairly common in dogs.
What about Pork Bones?
Don’t, however, feed you dog pork bones, because raw or cooked, pork bones are dangerous for dogs. Cooked pork bones can splinter and hurt your dog’s intestines, and feeding your dog raw pork bones is not a good idea either because of the risk of roundworm infection, which is discussed in more detail below.
Some dog owners might argue that raw pork bones are safe for dogs, but that’s not completely true. While it is true that roundworm infections are more common in warm tropical than temperate and cooler areas, it is still spread throughout the world, including the North America and Europe.
Can Dogs Eat Pork? Raw Pork Can Be Dangerous for Dogs
Raw or undercooked pork can be dangerous for dogs as well as other animals and humans to eat.
Pork Roundworm Infection
One of the biggest threats to feeding pork meat to your dog is trichinosis. Trichinosis, also known as pork roundworm infection, is a parasite disease caused by eating raw or undercooked meat of an animal infected with roundworms.
Although, roundworm infection in dogs is treatable with deworming drugs, it is still a painful condition that can cause serious health problems like pneumonia and liver problems. That is why you should never feed your dog raw or undercooked pork.
Pork Allergies in Dogs
There’s also a possibility that your dog is allergic to pork, and if that is so, you don’t want to feed her pork.
If your dog is allergic to pork, she will most likely show the following symptoms after consuming pork or anything containing pork:vomiting, diarrhea, small red bumps on your dog’s muzzle, rash on the feet, ears or the back of the legs. If you suspect that your dog might be allergic to pork, stop feeding her pork and other foods containing pork (note that pork is a common ingredient in commercial dog food), and take her to the vet for an allergy testing.
It’s also important to remember that dogs can develop food allergies in any age and time. For that reason, your dog can develop intolerance to something that she has eaten for years without any problems.
Pork Products Are Problematic for Dogs
Another question you might have is whether it would be okay for dogs to eat pork products such as ham, bacon or sausages. The answer is no, it’s not safe for dogs to eat pork products made for humans.
Salty pork products such as ham and bacon are not safe for dogs because they are too salty. Dogs cannot tolerate much salt. Eating salty foods is very likely to cause a stomach ache for your dog, but it can also cause more serious medical conditions like inflammation of the pancreas.
Sausages are just as problematic for dogs as ham and bacon. While sausages might not be as salty, they can contain dangerous ingredients such as garlic, onions and unknown spices. Hopefully you all already know this, but in the case some of you don’t: garlic and onions are extremely toxic to dogs, and even a small amount can cause severe poisoning.
The answer to the question “Can dogs eat pork?” is yes, pork itself, as long as it’s thoroughly cooked, is safe for dogs. However, we cannot say the same about pork bones and pork products like bacon, ham and sausages, because they are not safe for dogs.